A "Fruit Salad" pile of scraps is on the menu today for "Instant Gratification Sunday". Makes my mouth water just looking at them !!! Mango, strawberries, lemon, kiwi, and blueberries ! A few days ago, while procrastinating instead of working, I happened to come across ........
found my original notebook from the very first quilting class I ever took ......and it was AWHILE ago let me tell ya !!! like back in 1986 !!!! YIKES !!!! (how do you like those 1986 fabrics on my class sample! guess they're "vintage" now .....aaaaack !!!.......you can click on the pictures to enlarge them to see them better ) Anyway, that was back when Georgia Bonesteel first came out with her "Lap Quilting" book ...... which is the method the class was based on . So, since lately I've been totally overwhelmed with work from the day job, and trying to work on a big project just seems impossible, I thought a "quilt as you go quilt " might just be the ticket ....... you know, piece and quilt one block at a time ..... in managable bite size pieces !!! but, instead of hand quilting (which in my other life where I actually would have time for that , and would LOVE it) I will be machine quilting it ...... (but not free motion , which , again, in my other life where I actually would have time to practice that and get good at it ..... which I would also LOVE) .
Anyhow, so here we go !!!! I cut out a 12" backing piece, and a 12" piece of batting ....... then I dove into my basket of Sweetwater "Noteworthy"scraps and started happily stitching /quilting away !!! (basically a log cabin block).
.....and still building the block , piecing and quilting at the same time (but as Georgia Bonesteel instructs in her book, keep the quilting 1/2 to 1 inch away from the outer edges of the block so you have room to join the quilted blocks together.)
......and I think this fun orange polka dot will be the next scrap added to this block .......then maybe another blue , then a pink then DONE with this block ..... INCLUDING THE QUILTING !!!!! INSTANT GRATIFICATION !!!!! (even on my procrastinators time frame , this block is getting done FAST !!! ).
So, here's my plan ...... work on these blocks 5 minutes here, 15 minutes there (during the many aggravating times when my work laptop freezes ..... or when my brain /attention span needs a vacation ) ........ and maybe next Sunday I'll have another block or two finished for "Scrap Basket Sunday" !
Be back soon!
Mary Anne (aka Mare)